The Varsity Lacrosse Bombers headed north to the Fortress Obetz complex, a site they have become familiar with after playing twice there this season. St. Xavier entered the Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association (MSLCA) Tournament with an 11-3 record overall and looked to win the tournament for the first time in school history. They were voted the #2 seed in the A bracket behind Upper Arlington, who they lost to 9-7 earlier in the season. St. Ignatius was voted the #3 seed and Moeller was voted the #4 seed, therefore, the Bombers were matched up with the Wildcats in the semi final game with the Crusaders taking on the Bears in the other semi final game. St. Xavier and St. Ignatius met earlier in the year with the Bombers claiming a 12-11 victory at Fortress Obetz on April 20.
The Friday afternoon game against the Wildcats was played on one of the grass fields on the complex. The 1st quarter was a low scoring 12 minutes as the game was tied 2-2 after the opening quarter. Senior Johnny Marrocco scored both goals for the Bombers with his second coming as time expired. The Wildcats scored the first two goals of the 2nd quarter before senior John Holcomb scored for the Bombers. St. Ignatius scored to make it 5-3 but then Holcomb found senior Duke Alf for another Bomber goal to make it a 5-4 game at halftime. Marrocco scored his hat trick goal to tie the game up at 5 only 48 seconds into the 3rd quarter then he scored another goal about 3 minutes later to give the Bombers a 6-5 lead. The Wildcats responded with the next four goals to take a 9-6 lead with 3:54 left in the 3rd quarter. Marrocco scored another goal to make it 9-7 and each team added a goal each to make it a 10-8 game at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Bombers scored the first two goals of the final quarter to tie the game up at 10 with the first goal coming from Holcomb on an assist from senior Nick Shamsi and the second goal coming from Marrocco. The Wildcats scored with 6:30 left in the game to take the lead 11-10 but Alf responded with an unassisted goal with 4:20 left to tie the game back up at 11. St. Xavier scored a goal with 44 seconds left when Holcomb found the back of the cage to make it a 12-11 game and the Bombers held on to win by that score. With the win, they advanced to Saturday afternoon's A Bracket Championship game. Moeller beat Upper Arlington 6-3 in the other semi final to set the stage for a Bombers-Crusaders final.
On Saturday, the Championship Game of the A Bracket was played inside the main venue at the Fortress Complex. The home of the Ohio Machine MLL team, Obetz Stadium, hosted the final game of the weekend. Moeller started the game with an early goal but Marrocco picked up where he left off Friday with a goal to tie it at 1-1 with 8:15 left in the opening quarter. Marrocco then found his classmate Alf for another goal before the end of the quarter to give the Bombers a 2-1 lead after one quarter. St. Xavier started the 2nd quarter a man down but senior GK Ross Wiseman came up with a huge save and junior Trevor Gilmore took advantage by scoring at the other end to make it a 3-1 advantage for the Bombers. A couple of minutes later, senior Matthew Fox found Alf who scored another goal to make it a 4-1 lead and then senior Matthew Torbeck found Holcomb who scored to make it 5-1. Moeller answered with the final three goals of the half to pull within one at 5-4 at halftime.
At halftime, a storm moved into the Columbus area and delayed the start of the 2nd half by 30 minutes. Finally, after play resumed, Marrocco scored his hat trick goal to make it a 6-4 lead for the Bombers with 9:38 left in the 3rd quarter. Moeller scored to make it 6-5 but then Holcomb responded for St. Xavier to make it a 7-5 game. Marrocco scored his fourth goal of the game to make it 8-5 Bombers with 3:34 left in the 3rd quarter. Moeller answered with the final two goals of the quarter to make it an 8-7 game heading to the final quarter. Alf scored a goal about 3 minutes into the 4th quarter to give the Bombers a two goal lead and Wiseman came up with another great save to keep it 9-7. However, Moeller finally broke through in the quarter with a goal with 6:40 left in the game to make it 9-8. The Bombers answered with the next two goals when senior Jack Kilfoil scored and Marrocco scored again to give St. Xavier an 11-8 lead with 3:28 left in the game. Moeller scored with 1:39 left in the game to make it 11-9 and give the Crusaders a chance but junior Charlie Williams won the most important face-off of the game to give St. Xavier the possession. The Bombers would preserve the 11-9 victory to claim the 2018 MSLCA Championship for the first time in program history.
Marrocco led St. Xavier on the offensive attack finishing with a total of 4 goals vs. Moeller and 5 goals vs. St. Ignatius. He was also named to the 1st team MSLCA for the season. Other first team members from St. Xavier include Alf and senior Donny Stock. 2nd team members include Kilfoil and senior Andrew Kendall. Honorable Mention honors went to Wiseman, Williams and Holcomb.
The Bombers finish the regular season with a 13-3 record and now turn their sights to the OHSAA Div. I State Tournament where they were voted the #1 seed in Region 4. They will host the first three tournament games provided they keep winning and will start with the #16 seed Anderson Redskins on Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 pm. Anderson advanced with a 13-12 overtime victory over #17 seed Fairfield Indians on Saturday. The Redskins enter the game with a 2-14 record.